Woven Networks

It is a simple geometric pattern where every element of the grid spans onto another until the perimeter is reached. The Forest Park Pavilion in St Louis, Missouri, designed with Shigeru Ban (2002), is a structural weave of straight timber elements interwoven in what is known as a ‘reciprocal network’. Differing from traditional warren trusses which linearly span enclosing space, the structure of the Weave Bridge spirals around a square cross-section without corner members. Arup AGU, Pedro and Ines Bridge, Coimbra, Portugal, 2007
View of the central ‘floating’ square with the folded balustrade pattern. The order in which the beams are overlapped determines whether the curvature of the grid is synclastic or anticlastic, and the point at which the beams meet and their thickness dictates the radius of curvature. Located in Kensington Gardens,
Figure 10. The mortice and tenon joint adopted produces a constantly moving cascading effect which ripples across the structure, breaking the linearity of the Cartesian grid and expressing its reciprocal non-linear nature. London, here the reciprocal nature of the grid is expressed in the timber beams never lining up axially, but passing each other in an interlocking, weaving pattern.

Updated: 29.10.2014 — 10:54